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THE SCHOOL: The Board of Governors

Sir Andrew Cubie

Sir Andrew Cubie (Chair)

Andrew Cubie is a Consultant to Fyfe Ireland LLP. He has been variously Chairman and Senior Partner of that firm having specialised in Corporate law. He holds a number of non-executive Directorships in UK public and private companies.

He has been engaged in education issues throughout his professional career. He has been Chairman of Governors of George Watson's College, Chairman of the Court of Napier University, and the Chairman of the Committee of University Chairmen for all UK Universities. He was Convenor of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance in Scotland ("the Cubie Committee") which brought about the abolition of tuition fees in Scotland. He is a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland.

He is currently the Chair of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, chairs the JNC of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and is a Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He acts as a consultant to Higher Education institutions and organisations both in the UK and abroad and is currently an adviser to the World Bank in regard to governance issues for higher education in India. He serves as a member of the Management Board of HMIE. He was a Fulbright Commissioner until January 2009. He is Chairman of a number of not for profit organisations, engaged with the arts, health and the sea.

Joyce Cullen

Joyce Cullen

Joyce has been a partner with leading Scottish law firm Brodies for almost 25 years and has served as the firm's Chairman for last 5 years, with particular responsibilities for leadership, professional standards and ethics. She has experience of advising and litigating in court for and against a diverse cross section of the Scottish public, ranging from representing financial sector clients in high profile commercial actions in the Court of Session to appearing for a legally aided claimant in a disability discrimination case. She has represented a number of educational institutions, advising on sensitive issues, including reputational risk.

Nominated by the Scottish Ministers, she served as a Member of the General Teaching Council, Scotland for 2 terms, from 1998 to 2006, representing the public interest. In that role she served on the Council's Discipline and Finance and General Purposes Committees.

Joyce became a Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience in the Civil Courts in 1995. She is rated as an expert in Commercial Litigation and Employment in both Legal 500 and in Chambers' legal directories. She is an accredited specialist in employment law and is the Convenor of the Law Society's Employment Law Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the WS Society's Signet Accreditation commercial litigation examining committee. As a qualified mediator Joyce finds the mediation skills learned useful in many aspects of her work.

Joyce lives in Edinburgh and is married, with 3 teenage children.

John Cummings

John Cummings

John has had extensive experience in education most recently as the first civilian Head of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover. This was a large boarding school exclusively for those whose parents are in the Armed Forces. Prior to that had been Head of Keil School, Dumbarton, Head of Sixth Form and English and Drama at Wycliffe College, and had taught at Tonbridge School, Melbourne Grammar School, and The Glasgow Academy.

Magnus Linklater

Magnus Linklater

Magnus Duncan Linklater is a columnist and Scotland Editor of The Times of London. A former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, he was Editor of The Scotsman newspaper from January 1988 until July 1994. He has held a number of senior journalistic appointments in British newspapers over the past 30 years.

Born in Orkney on February 21, 1942, he is the son of the Scottish author, Eric Linklater and Marjorie Macintyre of Edinburgh. He was brought up in Easter Ross in the North of Scotland. He attended the local primary school at Nigg, then Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar, and Eton College. After courses at Freiburg University in Germany and the Sorbonne in Paris, he went to Trinity Hall College, Cambridge in 1961, where he studied law, then modern languages, gaining a second class honours degree (BA).

His career in journalism began in 1964. He has worked for The Daily Express, The Evening Standard, and The Sunday Times where he was for 14 years, holding a number of senior editorial posts. He was Managing Editor (News) at The Observer, Editor of The London Daily News, and The Scotsman. He now contributes a weekly column for The Times from Scotland, as well as being its Scottish Editor.

Mr Linklater is the author of several books about Scotland and current affairs. He holds honorary doctorates at Glasgow University, Queen Margaret University, Aberdeen University, and Napier University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and is currently Chairman of The Little Sparta Trust.

He is married with three children (two sons and a daughter). His wife Veronica is a Life Peeress, and founder of The New School, Butterstone.

Kenneth McDowell

Kenneth McDowell, CA

Kenny is a partner in the Edinburgh office of Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants, with specialist experience in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

He brings a wealth of experience, having worked with a number of large Scottish charities as auditor and adviser, and has acted as trustee on a number of charitable boards for many years.

With over 20 years’ experience, Kenny provides assurance and advisory services to Scottish charities in the theatre, arts, education and care sectors, as well as faith-based charities and grant-making organisations.

Kenny is also a member of the firm’s Not-for-Profit and Entrepreneur Groups and further specialises in financial reporting developments, more particularly, FRS 102, Charitable SORP and micro reporting developments. In addition, he is a member of a number of national committees which are at the forefront of technical development in these areas.

Kenny acts as auditor and adviser to a number of companies, families and individuals with interests in property, manufacturing, technology and professional services industries.

He is also a recognised speaker and sector commentator on financial reporting developments.

Before joining Saffery Champness, Kenny was a partner in an Edinburgh accountancy practice for 12 years.

Toby Metcalf

Toby Metcalf

Age 53, Married to Noreen, three sons 18, 16 and 11, educated at Ayr Academy, Royal Agricultural College Cirencester and North of Scotland College of Agriculture. Qualifications Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Diploma in Rural Estate Management and Diploma in Farm Business and Organisation. Partner in the National Firm of Land Agents and Surveyors Smiths Gore for 20 years. With Noreen we also run a small arable farm in East Lothian. Interests include people, the rural economy, strategic planning, field sports and the all too infrequent game of golf.

Thursa SandersonThursa Sanderson

Thursa Sanderson is Chief Executive of Drake Music Scotland, a limited company with charitable status (SC026908) creating opportunities for people with disabilities and additional support needs of all ages to make music. Thursa has raised Drake Music Scotland’s profile as the key national music and disability organisation and source of specialist knowledge and expertise in the use of adaptive technologies and Figurenotes music notation. Current partnerships include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and music education projects with 20 Scottish local authorities.  A recent success was to commission composer Oliver Searle to write a new work as part of the New Music 20x12 programme linked to the Cultural Olympiad, premiered at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall and performed at the South Bank Centre as part of London 2012.

Thursa has an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and is a passionate advocate of the value of active participation in the arts and social inclusion, beginning her career in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh and moving on to become the first Co-ordinator of Artlink Edinburgh & the Lothians, promoting access to the arts for people with disabilities. She built a portfolio career as an arts project manager and development consultant and spent some time teaching in Crete when a lifelong love of all things Cretan began, before joining Drake Music Scotland in 2002.  She plays the piano and cello and loves all kinds of music, theatre, visual arts, books and gardening.  She is married with two teenage children and has experience of disability within her immediate family.

David Gemmell

David Gemmell was born in 1946.  He served for a time in the 9th/12th Lancers before taking on the family farm in Perthshire. 

He has five grown up children and is a keen sports enthusiast.


Sally Kuenssberg

Sally Kuenssberg grew up inEdinburgh.  After graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages, she spent 12 years in Europe and South America where her husband Nick was working.  In 1978 they returned to Glasgow where their three children grew up.

 Her career has spanned publishing, education and a number of public appointments.  She worked in the Scottish juvenile justice system for 20 years, first as a volunteer children’s panel member in the 1980s, then as a lecturer at Glasgow University responsible for training panel members, and finally from 1995-2002 as the first chair of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration.

 Between 1993 and 2007 she was a non-executive trustee and latterly chair of theRoyalHospitalfor Sick Children inGlasgowand a member of the Greater Glasgow NHS Board where she took a particular interest in the rights of children and young people within healthcare.  Among many voluntary activities relating to children, she was a trustee of Save the Children UK from 2003-11.  She is currently a governor of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, and a trustee of East Park Children’s Trust in Glasgow.

 Sally is currently completing a PhD in Education at Glasgow University which cuts down the time for visiting her grandchildren.  She lives in Glasgow but spends a lot of time in Perthshire and is delighted to become involved with The New School.